Written by Tom
04/03/2009 - 08/03/2009 33 °C
Our first night in Fremantle was heavily influenced by G&Ts and boxed red wine and was spent catching up on stories with Mum & Steve, who we had not seen for 5 months. They had come out to Australia for a holiday and to see us. We were staying in a sweet Victorian terraced house for our four nights in Western Australia. It was a welcome change for Coralie & I since we hadn't stayed in a proper house since Byron Bay in early January.
Another welcome change was Mum's cooking. Steak on the first night and the next morning our sore heads were slightly relieved thanks to a fry-up cooked by Mum. After brunch Coralie & I headed into Perth centre to do admin stuff (amazingly smart haircut for me) and internet. Mum & Steve headed to Cottesloe beach.
The next day we hired a car and drove down to Bunbury (2.5 hrs south) to see some dolphins that come right up to the beach for feeding and you can stand in the water with them. Unfortunately we got there just too late and we missed the dolphins. They had already been in to the beach and it is rare for them to come in more than once. We sunbathed on the great beach instead for a bit. Suddenly Mum saw a fin in the water near the shore and I ran over to investigate. It was a ray (maybe a sting ray) but by the time I got my diving mask out it was gone.
The trip down to Bunbury was not all wasted without seeing dolphins as we knew of a wildlife park where you could see some cool birds but more importantly you could feed kangaroos. It was cheap to get in and armed with our paper bags of seeds we entered. Immediately we saw three kangaroos lazing in the sun. We put some seed mix in our hands and they got up, put their front paws on our hands and munched away.
They were so tame you could stroke them at the same time and they loved it!
The rest of the park dulled in comparison to that experience even though there were galahs, cockatoos, parrots, emu and wallabies.
On the way home we stopped at a mangrove boardwalk but they were not as good as those we had seen in tropical north queensland. That night back in Fremantle we went out for a massive fish and chips at the harbour.
Our last whole day in Western Australia was spent catching the ferry over to Rottnest Island and lazing on the beach. Whilst walking to the beach we saw a quokka (small marsupial thing that looks like a big rat or "rott"). The beach was nice but Coralie & I were finding the water a bit cold after the tropics where we had recently been. I still went snorkelling with Steve though (who was finding the water comparatively warm compared to England). We both saw some fish and even an octopus, and Steve swam with a sting ray. It was a chilled day on a great beach on a beautiful island. In the afternoon we got the ferry back and ate takeaway pizzas and had a relatively quiet night.
The next morning we all got up early and headed off to the airport to catch our flight to Adelaide in South Australia.